Press Release: Performance Works International and CEO, Jeremy Blain, win 2 major awards by ACQ5 Global Awards 2019

London, UK, July, 2019 – ACQ5 announces the winners of the 2019 ACQ5 Global Awards.


As voted for by cross-industry professionals, experts, partners and peers



Announcement from ACQ5 Global awards

The ACQ5 Global Awards, launched in 2005. The main purposes of the award is to focus on organisations and individuals that can demonstrate an ability to deliver services and skills to meet clients’ needs and adapt to market and regulatory conditions and to consider candidates that may not always be global in scale, but are truly world class in the way they are run and in the services they deliver to clients.

When Voting closed on the 14th of March 2019, the total number of nominations received stood at an amazing 97,416.

ACQ5 Global Awards decisions are firmly based on peer nominations following the receipt of detailed submissions from market participants and extensive year-round research into the markets in all global region. ACQ5 Global Awards cover global categories, best-in-class awards in all regions in over 100 countries around the world.

Says Jake Robson, Group Editor of The ACQ5.

“The 2019 ACQ5 Global Award winners represent the best of breed in all industry sectors and have earned these honours by standing out in a group of very impressive finalists. We are lucky enough to work with some of the most influential and enterprising private organisations in the world and are proud to share their message with our readers. Only nominees receiving an average 4-star rating or above achieved a short-list status
…Relying on reader insight and experience to provide nominations to the panel remains the cornerstone of our program and to identify industry leaders, individuals, teams and organisations that represent the benchmark of achievement and best practice in the business world. Operating a legitimately independent nomination process, our award winners are chosen by our readership


Jeremy Blain and Performance Works International both received 5-star ratings across all voting categories and receives two international awards

Jeremy Blain – 5-star rated International GameChanger™ of the year 2019 for his innovative and ground-breaking services to the Consulting, Learning and Development Industry

Performance Works International – 5-star rated International company of the year 2019 (Leadership and Management Training) for its forward-thinking solutions, services and customer experience delivery


Jeremy Blain, CEO of Performance Works International responds:

“I am delighted to receive the International GameChanger™ of the year award for 2019 from ACQ5. Even more that this award is voted for by my customers, industry leaders, peers and experts.
This award represents the pinnacle of my journey as business professional, leader, expert and innovator within the transformational consulting, learning and development spheres. Industry 4.0 is forcing all organisations across all industry sectors to think and do differently. I have been committed to provide these organisations with insight, challenge and the NEW knowledge, skills and behaviours they need at all levels, starting with the Leadership Teams, for wining performance today and tomorrow…’

‘…I would like to thank ACQ5, my customers, peers and all those who voted for me to receive this prestigious honour. It has made me more determined to do more, challenge more and continue to support organisations everywhere with the new thinking and ways of working they need to compete and win as we hit the 2020s and beyond…’

Jeremy continues…

“…Furthermore, for my company, Performance Works International to win the International Company of the year for Management Training globally is a real honour. We have strived to provide leadership and management training / coaching that is different, challenging, practical and relevant to the challenges of today and tomorrow. Preparing leaders and managers to be ready for the future, now, is at the heart of our ground-breaking approach to training, learning solutioneering and the executive coaching we provide…’

‘…At Performance Works International we are not afraid to challenge leaders and managers at all levels with the reality of the shift required to compete into the 2020s and beyond. For some it is a question of survival; for others an opportunity to take the bull by the horns and develop a new winning mindset for themselves and their organisation…”

Jake Robson, Group Editor of The ACQ5 continues

“Every year, we seek their assistance of our readers, the industry itself, in recognising industry leaders, eminent individuals, exemplary teams and distinguished businesses, which we believe represent the benchmark of achievement and best practice in a variety of fields – and every year, we turn to them to help as we strive to recognise an ever-widening spectrum of services, markets, industries and organisations that serve our global market place. We believe that by consulting our readers we can better identify the groups that are confronting the issues which face us at this ongoing complex juncture, and our awards will rise above the status of participation certificate and actually be an endorsement of their work.” Robson continued.

ACQ Global Awards’ Objective as Always: To gather quantitative and qualitative information from and about the sector to be able to give a set of “Best of” awards. We founded the ACQ Global Awards program to empower end users to make smarter, more confident decisions.

Our poll was not only designed to reflect actual performance in any particular area of expertise, it was also aimed to reflect direct market share based on a number of criteria. Voters were encouraged to base their decisions on addressing professionalism: experience, value for money & responsiveness in order for ACQ to derive a numerical rating from 1 – 5. In that sense, this poll should be considered a reflection of how professionals view any practice, individual or related sector supplier in terms of overall quality of service.

All Award Winners for the ACQ5 Global Awards are hereby released in the annual ACQ5 Global Awards 2019 publication. For more information, please visit or contact ACQ5 at +44 (0)871 218 2470.

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Failing fast and failing forward to accelerate success – and other learnings in business


“Failing fast and failing forward to accelerate success – and other learnings in business”
With Jeremy Blain & Stuart


Jeremy Blain joins the show to share his insights into the future of the work. As an industry expert with over 20 years experience working in L&D, he’s the Founder of PerformanceWorks and currently based in Singapore. Having also worked at Procter and Gamble and PepsiCo, he values the importance of failing fast and moving forward, and tools support him along the way.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The gig economy and working remotely
  • The risks of moving too quickly in business
  • Working smarter through digital tools
  • The importance of physical and mental fitness when working for yourself

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Books Mentioned:

How organisations need to become more digital-driven for the 2020’s

“How organisations need to become more digital-driven for the 2020’s”
With Jeremy Blain & host Paul Marks


The podcast for inspired executives that want to get results and maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Listen to successful executives, leaders, and experts on high performance and health. We also share tools, strategies, and techniques on how to develop high-performance teams. Join our community of Ultra Executives! Your host Paul Marks is a global leadership facilitator and performance coach! Fully accredited and certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as a PCC Coach, Paul has successfully coached executives and facilitated team development programs for a variety of Fortune 500 companies as well as government and NGO organizations across the globe!

50 words for my 50 fifty-year journey in life, learning and work

Well I turned 50 over the weekend and I feel fit, healthy, happy and a tad wiser 😊 – I am an English guy from Manchester in the North of England, working for a French Company, based in Singapore, working across India to the Pacific and prior to that all across the Americas. I have become a global citizen, living constant change and revelling in an environment where I learn new things everyday through the things I do and the people I see.

So I thought I’d try to track my 50-year journey from Manchester to Singapore in 50 words. Some of those are ‘me’ and some are attributed to others. You will have to figure out which is which.
This was not as easy as it looks. Thanks to all of you who have been a part of this journey so far (even some name-checked) and those who will accompany my next fifty!  As you will see, some words are repeated and that is because they resonate in different ways / situations.

  • Expectation
  • Independence
  • Failure
  • Sport
  • United
  • History
  • Luck
  • Job
  • Shock
  • Learning
  • Steve
  • Friends
  • Job
  • Success
  • Sadness
  • Loss
  • Jackie
  • Entrepreneur
  • Failure
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Love
  • Fit
  • Training
  • Consulting
  • International
  • Culture
  • Success
  • Learning
  • Slowdown
  • Spartan
  • Global
  • Greg
  • Partners
  • Network
  • Asia
  • Start-up
  • Team
  • Trial
  • Error
  • relearn
  • growth
  • performance
  • industry
  • leadership
  • futurist
  • recognition
  • fitness
  • next?

It resonates with me, let me know if this tells you anything!

Jeremy Blain Joins the Exclusive Ranks of Stanford Who’s Who

SINGAPORE, February 15, 2013 /Stanford Who’s Who/

Stanford Who’s Who proudly announces the addition of Jeremy Blain to the ranks of professional individuals as a result of his work in the field of training and development. As Managing Director of Cegos Asia Pacific Pte Ltd as well as throughout his entire career, Jeremy has consistently demonstrated the dedication, vision, and skills required to be considered among the best.

Cegos Asia Pacific is the Asian subsidiary of Cegos Group, the largest European training organization. Founded in France in 1926, Cegos holds operations in over 50 countries and enjoys a reputation for excellence in human resources development, training and operational consulting services, with a turnover in excess of $220 Million USD per annum. The firm is headquartered in Paris, with its Asia Pacific operation headquartered in Singapore, having been active in the region for over 15 years. Cegos is widely appreciated for its ground-breaking and versatile learning programs that surpass borders, language, delivery mechanism and cultural barriers.

Jeremy is a Partner within Cegos Group, a position that enables him to be at the heart of the company’s Global Strategic definition and execution. His current and previous roles reinforce his strong credentials of leading and management growth within the international enterprise.

As Managing Director of Cegos Asia Pacific and Partner at Cegos Group, Jeremy applies his expertise from previous roles such as commercial professional, director, trainer, coach, program author, and CEO when he worked with such well-established international organizations as Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo. Jeremy is highly regarded for his outstanding skills in social media, international sales & negotiation, cross-border account management, business strategy definition and execution, leadership development, and talent management. A cultural leader and manager, Jeremy is specialized in business globalization, global channel management, and global go-to-market strategies.

As one of Cegos’ senior executives, Jeremy is a frequent international conference speaker and media commentator on topics related to the global L&D market. Themes include: the Integration of Emerging and Informal Learning Technologies; the Importance of Performance Measurement and Proving ROI; Developing ‘Core’ Leadership, Management and Commercial Skills To Achieve Competitive Business Advantage; Change Management and How To Implement Successful International Training Strategies.

For more details, debate or discussion, you can find Jeremy on LinkedIn and also on Twitter at

He has also published a series of white papers on issues relevant to L&D. These are still current and available through Jeremy’s profile on LinkedIn, and include:

  • The major learning trends and indicators for 2013 within the Asia Pacific region, November 2012
  • Communities of Practice and application to organisations everywhere, May 2012
  • Blended Learning and its Applications for Asian Companies Today, March 2012- Developing Multicultural Leadership and Management Skills in Today’s Increasingly Globalised Workplace, November 2011
  • Global Themes & Trends – European, US and Brazilian Comparisons on the Key Drivers and Issues in L&D Today, October 2011
  • Learning in the Cloud – Opportunities & Threats, September 2011
  • Cegos/ASTD global learning trends research: A comparison between what is happening among learners today and the perceptions of learning professionals, July 2011
  • ‘Training Today, Training Tomorrow – An Analysis of Learning Trends Across Europe and Global Comparisons’, May 2011.
  • ‘Corporate Philanthropy: How Strategies are Changing and How Cegos is Helping to Make an Impact’, May 2011
  • ‘The Rise of Virtual Learning’, April 2011

During his collegiate career Mr. Blain acquired a Master of Management in International Business from the Australian Institute of Business and a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Ancient History and Classical Archeology from Sheffield University. In addition, he is a member of the Institute of Directors in UK, Singapore Training and Development Association, and ASTD. Jeremy is also a Certified Master Trainer by several authority groups including MBTI, SDI, Persona Inc and DiSC.